May 12, 2020
From the nation's leading source on all things women and politics.
May 20: A Celebration of Life, Honoring Ruth B. Mandel
The Eagleton Institute of Politics invites you to join a virtual celebration of our colleague and friend  Ruth B. Mandel's life  and distinguished leadership. The New York Times's  obituary  for Mandel recognized her lifelong passion and commitment, referring to Mandel as "a voice for women in politics."  The Washington Post  and  The Star-Ledger  published obituaries recognizing Mandel as "a champion of women in politics" and "a believer in democracy."

register here  to join us for an online memorial to honor Ruth on Wednesday, May 20th at 3:00 PM.

New Record Number of Women Candidates for U.S. House   
490 women have filed as candidates for U.S. House seats, a new record high. Much of the surge in candidate filings at this point in the 2020 cycle has been driven by Republican women. Thus far, 195 GOP women have filed for House races this year, far exceeding the previous high of 133 set in 2010. On the Democratic side, 295 women have filed as candidates in House races. They are on track to modestly improve on their own high for House candidacies, which was set in 2018 at 356.

For complete numbers of the women running for office in 2020, as well as historical data and current analysis, visit CAWP's Election Watch.

New from CAWP Research Associate Claire Gothreau: Joe Biden has announced he'll choose a woman as his running mate, but how do the rumored contenders affect his appeal to the electorate? Read the full piece, What Voters Could Biden's VP Pick Mobilize?
Help CAWP provide context for the 2020 election.
The Future of New Jersey Politics is Male 
It was recently reported in The New Jersey Globe that of the 10 members of the New Jersey Apportionment Commission, which determines the post-census legislative redistricting for the state, only a single member will be a woman. CAWP Director Debbie Walsh wrote in an op-ed in The Star-Ledger: "Excluding women from decisions that will impact a decade of New Jersey politics not only robs women of having a voice in those decisions, it robs the commission of having the wisdom and innovative thinking that is a natural by-product of consulting a wide range of opinions and experiences and it robs New Jersey of better outcomes." Read the full piece here, as well as the follow up editorial from The Star-Ledger editorial board .
NEW Leadership® Internship Webinar Series
Are you a college student, or do you know a college student, whose summer internship plans have fallen through and are now struggling to find internship placements for the summer or fall? To help students interested in becoming public leaders navigate these difficult changes, CAWP's NEW Leadership ® National Network and Eagleton's Center for Youth Political Participation are hosting a free two-part webinar series on navigating current changes in political internships.

Part One, Internships in the Age of COVID-19: Securing and Navigating Political Internships During a Pandemic, will be held Friday, May 15th from 1-2 pm. Panelists will include Kim Case, Vice President for CN Communications and Executive Director of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, Sabeen Masih, Vice President of Public Affairs at Capital Impact Group, Inc., Francine Newsome Pfeiffer, Vice President for Federal Relations at Rutgers University, and Crystal Pruitt, Franklin Township Councilmember and Chief of Staff for NJ Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker.

Part Two, Internships in the Age of COVID-19: Professional Resources for Students, will be held on Thursday, May 21st from 11 am-12 pm and feature staff members from Rutgers University-New Brunswick's Office of Career Exploration and Success sharing information and advice on how to build professional relationships, secure internships, and make resume changes to reflect the current global crisis.

Pajamas, Dangling Cords, and Other No-No's for Virtual Candidates 
Veteran Ready to Run ® presenter Chris Jahnke, along with her colleague Sarah Doud, participated in our virtual training webinar series recently with a session on self-presentation for virtual candidates. Last week, Chris published a piece on the CAWP blog that distills the lessons from their webinar into a brief guide for candidates having to engage with voters via online platforms. The guide includes information about creating the right backdrop and lighting, the best investments for tech equipment, wardrobe tips, as well as practical advice for messaging and content creation.
Women and the COVID Crisis 
As protests ramp up around the country against COVID shutdowns, The Toledo Blade covers the protests against Dr. Amy Acton, the Director of the Ohio Department of Health, including input about women being targets for harassment from CAWP Associate Director Jean Sinzdak. The New York Times video team put together an appreciation of the personal style of Dr. Acton in an attempt to explain how the heretofore unknown public health official has developed a devoted online following. Learn more about women public health leaders with this piece on the CAWP blog from Kelly Dittmar. Speaking of devoted online followings... Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer inspired a laudatory rap from local Detroit comedy rapper Gmac Cash. Whitmer responded to the buzz about the song and her new nickname, Big Gretch, with an appreciative tweet.

On a more serious note, Melinda Gates writes in The Washington Post about how caregiving needs to undergo a fundamental change in the United States, as the COVID crisis has laid bare fundamental inequities, and how the country needs to adjust sick leave and childcare, particularly for the COVID era's "essential workers," who are more likely be women, and women of color, and who are less likely to have these critical benefits. On the topic of caregiving: shocking survey data reported in The New York Times shows that men seem to drastically overestimate the amount of childcare and housework they're doing during social distancing.

For a historical perspective, Alisha Haridasani Gupta, who writes the "In Her Words" newsletter for The New York Times, examines how the Spanish Flu epidemic nearly derailed the women's suffrage movement 100 years ago. In the end, women's increasingly visible roles as caregivers and nurses may have instead contributed to changing perspectives about women in society and created more support for equal suffrage

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